Electronic shutter vs mechanical shutter, which is harder on camera?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by EricRose, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. EricRose

    EricRose Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2014
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    Eric Rose
    Well the title pretty much says it all. I have been using my electronic shutter in my GX7 quite a bit but I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not when looking at failure rates. Any informed opinions would be appreciated.
  2. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
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    Hi, Electronic Shutter inflicts no wear; the only downsides are possible horizontal motion distortion, and flicker under certain lighting conditions.

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  3. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I would not choose the shutter mode based on suspected durability difference. The camera is designed to use either.
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  4. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Except maybe time-lapse, where you might be taking thousands of frames.
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  5. Turbofrog

    Turbofrog Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 21, 2014
    I believe that Panasonic automatically uses the E-shutter for time-lapse, but I might be wrong.

    That would definitely be the time to be concerned about it, though.
  6. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 8, 2012
    Not my GM1. But I have a C dial setting for timelapse that only uses the e-shutter, which I agree with previous posters is the only time one should really concern themselves with wear on the mechanical shutter.
  7. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
    Scottsdale, Arizona
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    I'm only informed by my anecdotal experience and don't know which is harder on the camera, but on my GX7, I've been using electronic shutter exclusively for more than 2 years. No problems whatsoever. I also use electronic shutter exclusively on my GX8 and Pen-F.

    While I can't offer any assurances, I have no concerns with using electronic shutter. I'd say choose confidently between mechanical and electronic, as suits your purposes.